Ultimately Stupid Postal Service

I purchased something off eBay and unfortunately it is being shipped by USPS. (I say unfortunately because historically there is a 50% chance our mail carrier will destroy the package before delivery.) I receive an email with a tracking number. Expecting said tracking to function like every other tracking number, I follow the link. But I see:

The U.S. Postal Service was electronically notified by the shipper or shipping partner on July 25, 2005 to expect your package for mailing. Information, if available, is updated every evening. Please check again later.

The problem is that this message never changes. Every time someone foolishly sends me a package using USPS I see the same exact message. The message never changes. Then, once the package is delivered, they invalidate the tracking number.

What !@#$%^&* use is a !@#$%^&* tracking number if it does not actually track?!?

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